28 February 2013

Kenya: World Cross Team to Break for Elections

Nairobi — The national team preparing for the March 24 World Cross in Bydgoszcz, Poland will break for the General Elections on Friday. Speaking to Capital Sport, team leader and Athletics Kenya (AK) vice-president, Paul Mutwii also announced the final squad for Poland will be named on Wednesday.

"After discussing with them, we decided to give the athletes a break so that they can participate in the elections.

"We expect them back on Tuesday lunch time and the following day; we shall officially launch the team," Mutwii stated from their training camp in Kigari, Embu.

The team leader does not project a recurrence of the skirmishes that rocked the country in the aftermath of the last elections in 2007 that led the team to train under armed guard for the subsequent 2008 World Cross in Edinburgh. There, Kenya posted one of her worst performances at the competition where Ethiopia completed the sweep of all four individual medals.

"We do not expect things to be that bad but in case of any incidents, we have a plan of what to do," he added.

AK named Mercy Chebwogen (junior women), Mercy Cherono (senior women), Geoffrey Kipsang and Vincent Chepkok (senior men) as wildcard selections in the team.

Coaches led by Sammy Rono are expected to whittle the squad to 24 that will travel to Poland on March 20.

Meanwhile, Kenya will for the first time enter three teams to compete in this year Penny relays in the USA.

The Penny relays will be held on April 27 in Philadelphia where Kenyan women will compete in the 4X400m and 4X800m events for the maiden time whilst a medley relay for men in addition to the normal relays.

AK will embark on the track and field preparations for the world championships in Moscow Russia this year with the first weekend meeting at Nyayo National Stadium on March 8 and 9.

The federation appealed to all 400m and 400m Hurdles athletes to turn up for selection at that dated.

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